College and Military Career
In his stay at West Point, he proved himself on the gridiron and in the classroom. He graduated near the top of his class with a bachelor's degree in business. Since he went to a military school, he has serve at least 5 years in the military and spend an extra 3 years in the reserves. He has served his 5 years with courage, and is in his second year of the reserves.
During his term, he achieved the rank of captain in both of his units, the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Infantry Division. He served in the War in Afghanistan and was a member of the first response team. He received many U.S. military awards and decorations.
After Military Retirement
Villanueva has had a very unique journey after returning from his stints in Afghanistan. He tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles, but only made the practice squad. The Pittsburgh Steelers gave him a chance, and he got pulled up to the team when they had an injury at his position. He outworked and outperformed his teammate and won the starting job. He's now considered one of the best tackles in the NFL.